Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.
The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Release: July 1, 2014 from HarperTeen
Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.This book's summary leaves much to the imagination, stating what the story is about but withholding just enough detail to tempt potential readers. The cover is even more enigmatic, and I love the beautiful blue-green image for all the secrets it holds. What is the significance of that reflected tree planted prominently in the center? And why do butterflies and snowflakes—a bit of an odd combination—surround it? This cover will not only draw readers in; it will also make them turn back to look at the intricate artwork repeatedly as the image's mysteries unspool. I cannot wait to discover everything this cover is hiding.
The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.
I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.
All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.
From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.